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Job Summary

Department: Office of Development, School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS)
Reports to: Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Position Summary: Responsible for assisting the Director of Development and Alumni Relations with the annual giving and alumni relations programs at the School for Environment and Sustainability. The Assistant Director, Annual Giving and Alumni Relations, will focus on maintaining and improving the effectiveness of solicitations for annual gifts, whether through direct mail, telefund solicitations, or working directly with lead annual-giving donors. The individual also assists with SEAS development-wide stewardship activities and develops and manages alumni relations strategies, including planning, coordinating, and supervising engagement events, whether regional and conference programming, homecoming and class reunions, or online communities.


Duties and Responsibilities:

20%   Annual Giving
Oversee conception and implementation of direct mail and telefund strategies including but not limited to:

- Develop segmentation and field testing plans for annual fund mail and telefund programs through cooperation with Office of University Development's annual giving representative
- Creates annual operating plan, defining individuals to be cultivated as well as dollars to be raised
- Create and manage annual fund letters, enclosures and response devices
- Work directly with lead annual giving donors to increase support for the annual fund
- Oversee the SEAS class gift/pledge program; help identify, recruit, train and solicit volunteer student leadership; manage efforts of volunteers, providing reporting, solicitation support and training where appropriate

60%   Alumni Relations
Oversee conception and implementation of meaningful alumni relations activities including but not limited to:
- Create, plan, coordinate and supervise alumni engagement programs, including regional and conference programming; homecoming and class reunions; alumni communities online; and class gift program
- Create, implement and monitor mechanisms for measuring programs' success; develop annual calendar of activities and oversee the development of online opportunities for alumni engagement.
- Assist in creation of materials for distribution to alumni and/or donors to improve communication with and among alumni
- Oversee the activities of the Alumni Advisory Board
- Manage contract/consultant relationships in support of major alumni events
- Respond to requests for information from donors, alumni, faculty, students and the development community on SEAS activities and events
- Work with director to develop event budgets and identify logistical requirements
- Work with the Office of Academic Programs to develop a mentorship program that connects alumni with current students

5%   Stewardship
- Work with the communications specialist to help implement annual giving stewardship program
- Steward assigned prospects and solicit financial support

15%   Additional Duties
- Gather, record, and update alumni, prospect, and donor information utilizing tracking databases
- Participate in Development Community meetings, trainings, and activities and develop understanding of the University of Michigan's broader development objectives
- Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

Required Qualifications:
- Commitment to the Office of Development, School for Environment and Sustainability mission
- Bachelor's degree, preferably with emphasis on environmental sciences and policy
- 3 to 5 years relevant experience, including annual fund and events experience (preferably in higher education)
- Experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations, communications or a related field
- Experience with database management, with emphasis on University systems
- Experience in working with volunteers and committees
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a high level of sophistication and maturity in social and professional settings
- Sound organizational abilities and a high degree of creative initiative are essential to this position
- The ability to work successfully with skilled professionals in the legal, academic and corporate communities is essential
- Must be able to travel and work evenings and weekends as required

Desired Qualifications*

Preferred Qualifications:
- An understanding and appreciation of the role of development in an educational institution is highly desirable, as is an understanding of a professional school's mission and structure
- Familiarity with university policies and procedures
- Advanced degree

Mission Statement

School for Environment and Sustainability
Building on more than a century of leadership in environmental science, management, policy, and design, SEAS became a new school, the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS), as of July 1. 2017. For more information please visit our website at:

Office of Development, School for Environment and Sustainability Mission
Through creative strategies in the areas of communications, fund raising, and alumni relations, the SEAS development and alumni relations office strives to build a stronger sense of community and strengthened connections with individuals and organizations that will advance the school and university.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.